Travel Ban Moves Forward

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court partially and temporarily lifted the injunction imposed by the “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order, commonly known as the “Travel Ban.” This decision will allow the U.S. government to ban entry of Iranian, Libyan, Somali, Sudanese, Syrian, and Yemeni nationals into the U.S. if they do not have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. The Supreme Court intends to review and rule on the Executive Order on its merits when it reconvenes in the fall.

Nationals of these six countries will find it difficult or even impossible to gain admission into the U.S. if unable to demonstrate a bona fidequalifying relationship with a person or entity in the U.S., such as an employer, school, or family member. Individuals from these six countries who are already in the U.S., without violating their visa statuses, should avoid departing the U.S. if at all possible. If international travel is absolutely necessary, such individuals should consult with an immigration attorney beforehand.